December is full of holiday celebrating from office parties, family gatherings, to dinner parties with friends to name a few. Most homeowners associations will have some sort of holiday gathering for the residents of their neighborhood. IKO would like to share some great ideas for holiday activities in your HOA community!
Review your governing documents to be sure an association sponsored social event is permitted. Check with your HOA management company for input and advise when planning an event. They may have experience with what works and doesn’t work with events. And they may also have vendors in mind to help facilitate your event. Plan well in advance and create a budget line item that would include such festivities.
Try an afternoon of fun for the family with crafts, food, fun, and merriment! Always make your event family friendly. Provide entertainment that will attract the kids in the neighborhood. This may involve different age groups so be aware of your community. Local fireman or police may attend your event and often times they will be able to show the kids their vehicle which is always a hit with the younger ones. If having Santa arrives, many fire stations will do this for donations. Face painting, balloon artists, or making a holiday craft are always crowd pleasers. Holiday crafts are a great way to get party-goers to work together on a project. Make sure an adult leads the activity and is available to help kids execute specific projects. Karaoke singing holiday songs contest gets all involved and is a lot of fun and good times.
Holiday Lights Contest
The holiday season usually means holiday lights! A contest in the making! It’s a great way to have everyone out decorating their own home and judging the winners. Choose contest categories and have prizes. Make sure homeowners are aware of the contest and have a ballot for voting. If possible, have the ballots turned in before the gathering and have the prizes ready to award at your party.
A great way to reduce the cost of the party is to have everyone bring a dish. Not only does it help with party expenses, it gives neighbors a chance to show off their holiday favorite foods. Have the kids bring their favorite decorated cookies for the desert table.
Tis the Season for Giving
Do some sort of raffle for charity. Ask guests to bring a canned food for the local food bank or have a toy drive. Give a raffle ticket for each guest who brings an item. Amp up the competition and give a raffle ticket for each item donated. During the party draw winning tickets for holiday prizes. For prizes, ask local businesses to contribute in exchange for publicity. Consider services as well as items, like a spa package, car wash, or a restaurant gift certificate.
Finally, remember to have fun. Bringing the community together for a holiday event can be very rewarding and enjoyable. The winter holidays offer endless opportunities for celebrating. IKO would like to wish everyone a safe and fun holiday!